“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” Colossians 2:8.
Humanism is the strongest of the world’s religions that we fight against in this present age. It is the belief that man is mankind’s savior, and if we can only become strong and smart enough, we can eradicate all of the ills that plague us. We exist in a collective, then, and tolerance is our doctrine as all thought, feeling, and action is melted down into a gray for-the-good-of-the-order.
This is why, when humanism creeps into Christianity, it melts down doctrine and God’s Word into love and a it-doesn’t-matter-what-you-believe-as-long-as-you-believe ecumenical mush.
God says, though, that humanism has “an appearance of wisdom, with [its] self-imposed worship, [its] false humility and [its] harsh treatment of the body,” but it lacks “any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”
This worldly religion is particularly dangerous because it creeps into Christians’ thinking, values, and attitudes as we’re bombarded by it continually.So, we must live sanctified to remain “set apart.”
Are you taken captive?